Blazers celebrate good times

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The Trinity softball team had every reason to celebrate last week.

With a 2-1 victory over St. Francis and a 7-0 shutout of Proviso West, the Blazers pushed their record over the .500 mark, at 15-13. They were also awarded the No. 1 seed in the White Division of the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference tournament, and the No. 3 seed in the St. Ignatius Sectional, just below area rivals OPRF (No. 1) and Fenwick (No. 2).

Although they are a fairly young team, the Blazers took time out before Saturday's game to honor three senior players?#34;Laura Gerambia, Sarah Nokes and Karen Wagner?#34;with a barbeque and gifts. Wagner pitched the shutout earlier in the week against Proviso West. She plans to attend Dominican University in River Forest and play volleyball, her other varsity sport. As for playing softball at the college level, she said, "I'll see how it goes. I'm going to play volleyball and then decide about softball."

The great food and ceremony helped rev up the team. After giving up a run in the first inning, Marisa Bertolli had an RBI triple to bring Gina Consiglio home for Trinity's first run. Leadoff hitter Consiglio had four stolen bases on the day.

Allison Hernandez was the winning pitcher for the Blazers, going the full seven innings. The junior has been a starter on varsity for the past three years, and was named Player of the Year in the conference as well as All-conference. Hernandez intends to keep pitching next year and plans to play softball in college.

When asked what she likes best about pitching, she laughed, "I like the pressure. I don't know why, but I do."

The Blazers had three other players named All-conference?#34;Nokes, Bertolli and Kelly O'Brien.

"It felt good to be named All-conference. I think we'll do well in the GCAC and we'll be ready for the regionals," said O'Brien.

Trinity head coach Bob Osborne was pleased with the seeding in both tournaments, although there was some disappointment in dropping down to the white division from the top red division this year. He feels his pitching and defense is solid is looking for the bats to liven up going into the tourneys.

Trinity's first GCAC tournament game is Thursday at Triton College at 4:30 p.m.

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